Dr. Carter G. Woodson died in 1950, but his legacy continued on as the celebration of Negro History Week was adopted by cities and organizations across the country. This observance proved especially important during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the inhumane and unequal treatment of black people in America was being challenged and overturned.
Black History Month is now recognized and widely celebrated by the entire nation on both a scholarly and commercial level. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History continues to promote, preserve and research black history and culture year-round.
Find some time when you can work with your parents, friends, brothers or sisters to work on this homework assignment. You will have to the end of the month of February to complete it. Challenge yourself to come up with a new list of names for next month and the next. Read the essay: "Where Would We Be Without Black People?" See if you can find one Internet resource for each inventor (or patent) listed in the story. Your findings will be used to help students in following years learn more about our African American history. For those of you feeling a bit creative, add on to the story with more inventions/patents for which Africans--or African Americans-- played a part.
For each of the categories below, list at least one African American (or any person of African decent). Include why this person was selected and why you admire this person.